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When and why was the Southeast Community Facility (SECF) built?

Led by the big six – Dr. Espanola Jackson, Harold Madison, Eloise Westbrook, Ethel Garlington, Shirley Jones, and Alex Pitcher – Bayview-Hunters Point residents successfully advocated for a mitigation agreement with the City and County of San Francisco to lessen the adverse environmental and social impacts of the expansion of the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant during the 1970s and 1980s. This agreement stated that the construction of the SECF would be “a reasonable, necessary and appropriate means for mitigating the negative impacts associated with the plant’s expansion.” This facility benefits the community by providing meaningful economic and workforce development opportunities through educational programs, hands-on-training and job opportunities.

Who owns the community center?

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) owns the Southeast Community Facility which houses many tenants that benefit the Bayview-Hunters Point community. In addition, the SECF Commission provides guidance for programs at the facilities and serves as a community forum to promote job training, educational and event opportunities for all Southeast residents. The seven SECF Commissioners are appointed by the mayor.

For a full legal history, visit the history page.

Southeast Community Facility

How did you choose the current tenants?

Originally, City College leased the entire SECF in 1987. By the mid-1990s, City College began subleasing space to various organizations including Human Services Agency, Renaissance Parents of Success and Hunters Point Family. In 2011, after hearing concerns regarding the need for additional programming to serve more residents, the SFPUC initiated a community engagement process to gain a better understanding of what was working at the SECF. Over 100 faith-based, private, public and nonprofit sector leaders and community members provided their opinions. The results were clear. The SECF needed physical renovations and enhanced programming to truly serve as a community asset.

Next, a tenant mix was identified that included existing tenants and Five Keys Charter School. Five Keys officially joined as a tenant when renovations of the community center’s Phelps Wing added new classrooms. Wu Yee’s Children’s Services was welcomed in 2014 when Head Start, a tenant of the SECF since 1990, selected Wu Yee Children’s Services as their provider through a competitive process.

What services are currently offered at the Southeast Community Facility?

Please visit here for full descriptions of tenants and programming.

What is the current status of the SECF?

SFPUC embarked on an extensive six-month-long stakeholder engagement process to ask Bayview residents whether they preferred for the agency to invest in further renovations at the current SECF or construct a new Southeast Community Facility. Outreach included knocking on 2,400 doors, presenting at nearly two dozen community events, and launching a social media campaign generating 26,000 impressions. An overwhelming majority of the residents reached in this campaign lived in the 94124-zip code, and nearly half lived in the area for as long as the center was opened. Residents were very clear that they wanted the SFPUC to build a new center that honors the community legacy and historic mitigation by addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges that continue to persistent since the original SECF was built.

Now with a community-focused design complete, we are planning for a Fall 2019 groundbreaking with a new state-of-the-art community facility, slated to open in 2021. Learn more about our new home.

What will happen to 1800 Oakdale when the new building is being constructed?

The services at 1800 Oakdale will continue while the new building at Third and Evans is constructed. The SFPUC will continue to partner with the SECF Commission and tenants to look for ways to improve the existing community center’s utilization and programming in the interim.

Why was the location at Third and Evans selected? 

During the outreach process, community members emphasized that location and accessibility were key considerations for the community center’s new site. The SFPUC’s site at 1550 Evans Ave. was selected because of its close proximity to the MUNI bus and T-line as well as its central location.


What did the Greenhouses close? 

In January 2015, the SFPUC commissioned a due diligence study (AECOM/WRE) to identify the current physical state of the Greenhouses and inform the best approach to any potential future repairs, renovations or replacement. The report identified major concerns around health and safety code issues and established that the Greenhouses were beyond short-term repair. To maintain our commitment to the health and safety of our tenants and their employees, Greenhouse tenants were given 18+ months to relocate.

The SFPUC recognized that it was a challenging time for businesses to relocate. The SFPUC committed to making things as easy as possible and provided relocation assistance, including:

  • Expert relocation consulting (Associated Right of Way Services) to assist each tenant in finding a suitable relocation site;
  • Reimbursement of actual moving costs up to $100,000 per tenant;
  • Reimbursement of business re-establishment costs of up to $10,000 per tenant;
  • As-needed job placement assistance for current employees of the Greenhouses who reside within zip code 94124 (98% success rate).

What is the interim plan for the Greenhouses? 

The 2016 stakeholder engagement process revealed a preference for an interim plan to serve the community while the SFPUC and community contemplate the future of the Greenhouses. More than 1,000 surveys and 500 comments were submitted through 50 events, focus groups and presentations. The quantitative and qualitative input identified a preference for a grant program to support existing community-based organizations that provide programming at the intersection of urban agriculture, land use and workforce development.

Through the Community Greenhouse Grant Program,  the SFPUC awarded three local, community-based organizations, Hunters Point Family, Old School Café and San Francisco Conservation Corps (SFCC) with grant funding to prepare District 10 residents for permanent, living wage jobs in green sectors.

What are the plans for the permanent replacement of the Greenhouses? 

Now that the Community Greenhouse Grant Program is in place and providing environmental and educational benefits to Southeast residents (as outlined in the mitigation agreement), the SFPUC is exploring possible approaches for permanently replacing the greenhouses. The agency is considering best practices and models for the long-term including opportunities such as city greening, climate resiliency and healthy food access. We will continue to engage with and secure input from residents to explore potential approaches that will meet the community’s needs.

How to Get Involved

How can I contribute my feedback and opinions?

  • Attend the monthly SECF Commission meetings held every fourth Wednesday of the month at 1800 Oakdale beginning at 6pm. All meetings are open to the public and welcome comments from community members. For more information about the meetings, please visit the Commission's website at
  • Post your thoughts on Facebook,
  • Tweet your opinions,
  • Call us if you have any questions, 415-821-1534
Last updated: 3/11/2019 4:32:39 PM